Hello and Welcome!
This is a great forum for learning more about bees and beekeeping.
If there are any NW Indiana beekeepers around that wouldn't mind mentoring a pair of newbies let use know!
There are a number of beeks in your area on this forum. The first that comes to mind is NWIN Beekeeper who posts fairly regularly.
Besides learning from this forum (and don't forget the tutorials on the main Beemaster page), I also recommend getting involved with a local beekeeping club. Clubs often offer beginning beekeeping classes, and they are great places to find mentors and get connected with other nearby beekeepers.
There are a couple of local clubs up your way:
Northwest Indiana Beekeepershttp://www.lakenetnwi.net/member/beekeepers/
Lake Shores Beekeepers (Burns Harbor)
contact: Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also the Indiana State Beekeepers Assoc will be having it's fall meeting and beginning beekeeping school on Oct 18 in Indianapolis. The website, www.hoosierbuzz
, should be updated soon with further details (I just got an advance email yesterday).